Now Entering Russ's World
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish lacrosse team has been a newsworthy story for several weeks now. It appears as though they have earned it, because now the team will be advancing to the NCAA Final Four competition for the second straight year.
The game started off with Albany getting on the board first, mainly due to freshman Conor Fields, who knocked in six field goals over the course of the game. But the Fighting Irish came back later on to make the score a close 9-8 by halftime, with Albany barely in the lead.
While Notre Dame was unable to score for a large portion of the game, it was Matt Landis, who won the Epoch/LM Player of the Week, the one who got the defense firing on all cylinders with the “containment” of Lyle Thompson. In fact it was Matt Landis who played almost perfect, stellar and very physical lacrosse and making sure Thompson had to truly earn any scores he may have gotten, having been the one to guard him all game.
Matt Landis, along with the rest of the defense, virtually clamped down on Thompson and the rest of the team, sticking with double teaming and sometimes even triple teaming players. Members of the opposing team later commented on Landis, saying that no one played more fiercely and aggressively than he did all game, and that Landis alone was as good as anybody Albany had played all year long up to this. All very fitting to say, considering that Landis was awarded the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award for 2015 only last month.
By the end of the day, Notre Dame emerged victorious with a 14-10 win and will head to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to play Denver in next week’s NCAA Semifinal round.